Public WiFi in Cambridgeshire
Connecting Cambridgeshire is working to improve and extend free Public WiFi in Cambridge and surrounding areas as part of the programme to improve connectivity across the county.
Our partnership of local councils is building upon existing provision to develop a wider WiFi network that is free, simple to use and gives people easy access to the services they need.
The public building WiFi network has been developed with funding from the Government’s Super Connected Cities scheme, overseen by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).
We are also working with the University of Cambridge to provide public WiFi in open spaces and streets around central Cambridge, as part of their plans to extend existing education networks for students, staff and visitors.
The growing Public Access WiFi network involves:
- Rolling out a free CambWifi network in over 100 public buildings in and around Cambridge including Park and Ride sites, libraries, council offices, children’s centres, sheltered housing, leisure facilities and community hubs.
- Offering free WiFi in open spaces and streets around central Cambridge through The Cloud in conjunction with the University of Cambridge – building upon more than 20 WiFi access points launched in time for the Tour de France in July 2014.
- Exploring opportunities to make public WiFi more widely available in other public and community buildings across Cambridgeshire.
View a map of public WiFi locations currently available and how to register for CambWifi and The Cloud.
Could you be a #CambsNotspotter to improve mobile, Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity?
A new crowdsourcing initiative is asking local people to gather vital data to help plug gaps in fixed and mobile coverage in Cambridge and surrounding areas.
Led by Cambridge Ahead business group, the campaign is calling on all residents, employees, students and businesses to help identify ‘notspots’ (areas of no or low connectivity) by becoming a #CambsNotspotter.
The project will show where mobile phone signals, Wi-Fi and broadband access are poor then encourage providers to take action to improve them.
We are focussing our efforts with specific providers so to be a #CambsNotspotter, all you have to do is:
1. Participate! Download the ‘OpenSignal’ App from Google Play / App Store and get involved in identifying where there is limited mobile coverage
2. Log in! Make use of free Wi-Fi in public buildings and open spaces in and around Cambridge by selecting ‘CambWifi’ and ‘the_cloud’ Wi-Fi networks on your device
3. Check your strength! Run an independent broadband speed test for your household or small business broadband at www.thinkbroadband.com/CambsNotspotter
The initiative supports the work of Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband rollout, providing free public Wi-Fi with the University of Cambridge, and making smart use of technology to tackle city challenges as part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.
Find out more at www.cambridgeahead.co.uk/CambsNotspotter